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Dialysis Technicians

Overview

Dialysis technicians, also called nephrology technicians or renal dialysis technicians, set up and operate hemodialysis artificial kidney machines for patients with chronic renal failure (CRF). CRF is a condition where the kidneys cease to function normally. Many people, especially diabetics or people who suffer from undetected high blood pressure, develop this condition. These patients require hemodialysis to sustain their lives. In hemodialysis the patient's blood is circulated through the dialysis machine, which filters out impurities, wastes, and excess fluids from the blood. The cleaned blood is then returned to the body. Dialysis technicians also maintain and repair this equipment as well as help educate the patient and family about dialysis.

Salary Range

$25,000 to $50,000

Minimum Education Level

High School Diploma

Certification/License

Required

Outlook

About as Fast as the Average
Personality Traits

Hands On

Realistic

Technical

Career Ladder
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